ISSN 1646-8872
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Scope and policy

  • Publishing policy of the journal: Publishes articles on all topics related to coastal environment, particularly in the areas of coastal oceanography (physical, geological, chemical, biological), engineering, economics, sedimentology, sociology, ecology, history, pollution, law, biology, anthropology, politics, etc.
    The articles are carefully evaluated and accredited by independent evaluators and available online very quickly. Between 2008 and 2012 the median evaluation was only 38 days (minimum 3 days, maximum: 248 days). The copyright remains with the authors.
  • Areas of interest of the publication and the type of articles and other matters that publishes: The journal aims at disseminating quality papers on coastal environments and their management, by assuming itself as a vehicle of communication profoundly interdisciplinary.
  • Procedures of valuation by pairs (peer review) of the journal: double blind peer review process (3 reviewers)
  • Public of the journal: Technical-scientific community at large with interests in coastal areas


Form and preparation of manuscripts

  • Format and the forms of original shipment for the journal: Original manuscripts should be submitted through the submission platform OJS ( The corresponding author by default will be the one that makes the login in the OJS platform and submits the article. The submitted manuscript must be original, should not have been published before (except in the form of abstract or thesis), should not be in evaluation by other journals, should not have parts that plagiarize other articles (neither self-plagiarism), and must be approved by all the authors (whose emails must be provided during the submission of the article). All correspondence must be made through the OJS platform).
  • Standards of presentation of the journal:
  • Standards for bibliographic references of the journal: Authors should avoid as much as possible the use of grey literature (thesis, dissertations, reports, white papers etc.). Likewise, footnotes must be avoided. References must be arranged as follow:
    • Articles with DOI: Dias, J.A.; Boski, T.; Rodrigues, A.; Magalhaes, F. (2000) – Coast line Evolution in Portugal since the Last Glacial Maximum until Present – A Synthesis. Marine Geology, 170(1-2):177-186. doi:10.1016/S0025-3227(00)00073-6
    • Articles without DOI: Silva, I.R., Costa, R.M.; Pereira, L.C.C. (2006) - Uso e ocupaçao em uma comunidade pesqueira na margem do estuário do Rio Caeté (PA, Brasil). Revista Desenvolvimento e Meio Ambiente (ISSN: 1518-952X), 13:11-18, Curitiba, PR, Brasil. Disponível em
    • Books: Bruun, P. & Gerritsen, F. (1960) – Stability of Coastal Inlets. 123p., North-Holland Publishing Company, Amsterdam, Holanda. ISBN: 978-0720416015.
    • e-books: Dias, J.A. (2004) - A Conquista do Planeta Azul: o início do reconhecimento do oceano e do mundo. (Versao Preliminar). Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal. /JAD/e_b_CPAzul.html.
    • Book chapters: Widmer, W.M. (2003) - Recreational boats and submerged marine debris in Sydney Harbour, Australia. In: Narendra K. Saxena (org.), Recent Advances in Marine Science and Technology, pp.565-575, PACON International, Honolulu, HI, USA. ISBN: 978-0963434357. Disponível em
    • Thesis: Polette, M. (1997) - Gerenciamento costeiro integrado: Proposta metodológica para a paisagem da microbacia de Mariscal – Bombinhas (SC). 499p., Dissertaçao de Doutorado, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianololis, SC, Brasil. Nao publicado.
    • Unpublished reports: Costa, C.L. (1994) - Final report of sub-project A “Wind wave climatology of the Portuguese Coast”. Instituto Hidrográfico/LNEC, Report 6/94-A, 80p. Lisboa, Portugal. Nao publicado.
    • Internet – e-reports: Rodrigues, R.; Brandao, C.; Costa, J.P. (2004) – A Cheia de 24 de Fevereiro de 2004 no Rio Ardila. 11p., Ministério das Cidades, Ordenamento do Território e Ambiente, Instituto da Água, Lisboa, Portugal.
    • Internet – reports in web sites: Instituto de Meteorologia (s/d) – Extremos Climatológicos. Instituto de Meteorologia, Lisboa, Portugal. In: (acedido em Abril 2008).
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Original Articles

  • The JICZM publishes original articles (original investigative research results, conceptually and methodologically rigorous results of which promote the advancement of the state of the art), revision (synthesis and conceptual, thematic and/or geographic structuration of a science topic) and technical notes / short notes (disclosure of preliminary results )
  • Sections or parts that form an article: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements and References.
  • Extension and other instructions for the presentation of abstracts: There is no limitation on the number of pages of manuscripts, although it is considered that 20 pages is the appropriate size. Text files should be in the format "DOC" or "DOCX". The article should include two abstracts (one in Portuguese and one in English).
  • Format, extension, and other instructions for the presentation of illustrations, figures, photographs, tables etc.: Files containing the figures can be formatted in "JPEG", "PNG", "TIFF" or "BMP" and should be of high quality to allow electronic edition ("PDF") which are clearly visible when the details published occupying the column width or, exceptionally, the width of the page. Captions should be bilingual (English and Portuguese).


Communications, technical reports, letters, review articles

  • Extension and other instructions for the presentation of abstracts: There is no limitation in the manuscripts number of pages, inclusion of high-resolution colour figures (photos, maps, etc.) or tables in each article, since authors fit them in A4 pages. However, 20 pages are considered an adequate dimension. 


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